Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Reality TV At Its Finest

Hey there, long time no talk. When you've got a 5-month old that's kind of how it goes. Coops is doing great by the way. I just got done watching most of today's Congressional hearing and I'm not sure what it was that I just watched. It was part soap opera, part Law & Order, part Jerry Springer. For money, it was one of the best reality TV shows I've seen in a long time. I listened to most of it on my XM while at work but just had to DVR it to watch later. Good stuff.
My only bone of contention with this whole thing was how much they focused on the sworn testimony of Andy Pettitte and how damaging it was to Clemens' case. I think everyone that knows a lick about baseball knows that Andy Pettitte is a stand-up guy. There is no doubt in my mind that he told Congress what he believed to be true. But it's not adding up in my head.
I have yet to hear anyone acknowledge that Andy and Roger both knew that they were each taking PEDs. I believe Roger when he says that he was shocked to find out that Andy admitted to HGH use. If they each knew the other was using, wouldn't you think that they would have talked about it on more than 2 occasions, considering they were work out buddies and considering how close the 2 were? Clemens mentioned this in several of his answers. Pettitte in his sworn affidavit admits to 2 conversations. One where Roger admits to PED use. The other where he denies it. And that's where I struggle with putting so much stock in Pettitte's responses.
Pettitte admits in 2005 that Roger denied using PEDs when Andy asked him about what he was going to say to reporters about the information leaked by Jason Grimsley's testimony. Why would Roger deny use if the 2 had previously discussed that he did? Pettitte's admission of Roger's denial also tells me that the 2 never did talk about it. Why would Roger deny it to his buddy if his buddy knows he uses? He wouldn't. Is it entirely out of the realm of possibility that Pettitte did in fact get the earlier conversation wrong, or "misremembered" it as Roger so aptly put it? And of course Andy's wife is going to corroborate Andy's testimony because it's what he told her. Her testimony didn't really have much value. And why would Clemens bring up his wife's use of HGH to Andy if he himself wasn't confused? It doesn't add up.
I just pulled up Pettitte's deposition and I'm reading things in it that I didn't hear mentioned. Andy admits in his sworn deposition that after the 2nd conversation with Clemens that he was "confused and flustered" when Clemens denied saying he used in their first conversation. Pettitte also says that, "obviously I must have misunderstood him." When asked if he thought it was likely that he misunderstood Clemens in their first conversation, Pettitte responded, "I'm saying I was under the impression that he told me he had taken it. And then when Roger told me that he didn't take it, and I misunderstood him, I took it for that, that I misunderstood him."
Funny how i didn't hear anyone bring that up. Admittedly, I didn't hear/see the whole thing so I apologize if someone did. I wouldn't think so from the way everyone was saying how damaging his testimony was. Even before I read that part of Andy's deposition things weren't adding up. Now that I've read it, it makes even less sense to me why there was so much focus on what Andy said. He went as far as admitting that he must have misunderstood the earlier conversation. Perhaps if Roger wasn't so inarticulate, he could have better illustrated a defense to this. I never heard it. Am I the only one out there that has this line of thinking?
As much as it might sound like I'm being pro-Clemens, that's not the case. Quite frankly, I still think he likely used something. I'm not as sold on it as I once was. But a little piece of me believes that he did.
Hopefully we can quickly put this all behind us and focus on more important things like Spring Training is finally here!! Rejoice! Rejoice! Baseball is back baby!